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Monday, August 29, 2016

Ian & Lea's Wedding

I'm finally posting some pictures from my 
son's wedding that took place in Vancouver on the 
Canadian Thanksgiving week-end (October 2015)

I made a variety of projects - 
both paper crafts and fabric crafts that 
I'll be sharing over the next few posts.

 Lea and Ian

The colour scheme was royal blue, with touches of fall colours.

Floral Arrangements
 I made a banner with white and blue card stock,
cutting letters and a heart using my Cricut machine.

The banner was positioned across the head table.

I made a wedding card that my other son and his girlfriend 
gave to the bride and groom.

 I used Papertrey Ink's Heart-2-Heart #9  
stamps and dies to make a clean and simple design.
I used Enchanted Evening ink and card stock 
along with Smokey Shadow ink for the sentiments.

It's hard to believe that they will be celebrating their 
first anniversary in just 6 weeks!!

Thanks for visiting today,
Karen C.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Bowl Cozies

I showed some bowl cozies and placemats
that I made for my sister-in-law, in this post.
 Here is another set 
I made for my son's girlfriend.
I used a black and white leaf print for the inside 
and a black and white polka dot for the outside.

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Butterfly Wishes

Today I have a card and sewing project 
I made for my sister-in-law's birthday.

Bowl Cozy and Mini Placemat 
I used printed fabrics to make a 2 sets of bowl cozies
and mini place mats. I found a this tutorial for these on 
Pinterest and have made several sets for family members. 
They are a great solution for cooking your morning 
oatmeal in the microwave. No more problems when 
removing a hot steaming bowl from the microwave!!
I had extra material, so I used it to make 
two small place mats, 
just the right size for the bowl cozy.

I used the colour scheme from the bowl 
cozy fabric to create a birthday card.
The front panel was stamped with a 
variety of blue and green inks 
(Limeade Ice; Stampin' Up:Tempting Turquoise; 
Close To My Heart: Crystal Blue, Moonstruck Blue)
using Irresistibly Ikat.

Circle Scribbles die was cut from Limeade Ice,
then a butterfly (Butterfly Wishes) was die cut, stamped, 
coloured  and layered over the circle.
The sentiment (Wonderful Words: Birthday)  
was stamped onto a Double-ended Banner die 
and adhered to the card front.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Irresistibly Ikat, Butterfly Dreams; Wonderful Words:Birthday, 
Stylish Sentiments: Birthday
Inks - Limeade Ice; Stampin' Up:Tempting Turquoise; Versamark;
Close To My Heart:Crystal Blue, Moonstruck Blue
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Limeade Ice
Dies - Circle Scribbles, Double Ended Banner die
Other - Copic markers; Clear Embossing powder; Embroidery floss; foam adhesive sheet

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Doodlie Do Birthday

My son asked me to make a card for his girlfriend's mother.  
Doodlie-Do and Polka Dot Basics made this 
a fast and simple card to create.

Fine Linen ink was used to stamp the polka dots 
onto a white card front and then attached to a 
Fine Linen card base. 
Various flowers and leaves were die cut and stamped, 
coloured with copics (reds, burgundy, yellow and greens)
 and then arranged onto the card front.
Red Adhesive pearls (in a variety of sizes) were added.
The sentiment (Happy Hexagons) was stamped 
with Vineyard (Close To My Heart).

A white panel insert was stamped with polka dots
sentiment (Flower Fusion #1) and 
a Doodlie-Do flower. 
The edge was sponged with Fine Linen ink.
Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Doodlie-Do, Polka Dot Basic, Happy Hexagons, Flower Fusion #1
Inks - Fine LinenHarvest Gold, Pure Poppy; Memento:Tuxedo Black; Close To My Heart:Vineyard
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Fine Linen
Dies - Doodlie-Do
Other - Copic markers; red adhesive pearls

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Stinkin' Cute Birthday for Emily

I used this Lawn Fawn Stinkin' Cute stamp and die 
for this birthday card earlier this year. Its such a 
cute image when paired with flowers. 
I decided to try a rainbow effect for the background 
on this card for my grand niece who turns 4 this month.
I used the Hexagon Cover Plate to impress the 
outline design onto the front of a Soft Stone card base. 
After cutting and stamping various hexagons from 
white card stock I was able to position them onto the 
front of the card base using the raised areas as a guide.

Rainbow Colours from bottom to top:
New Leaf, Limeade Ice, 
Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, 
Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush, 
Aqua Mist.
Hibiscus Burst was used for happy and number 4.

A strip of vellum with a notched bottom was stamped 
with BIRTHDAY (Happy Hexagons), then heat embossed 
with Stampin' Up Melon Mumbo Embossing Powder. 
The top of the vellum tag was die cut with 
Stitching Lines dies, then aqua embroidery floss 
was threaded through the holes and finished with a bow. 
This allowed me to place a strip of Scor-Tape below 
the threaded area and attach it to the card front.

Polka Dot Alphabet stamps and dies were used to 
make the word happy. Several layers were 
die cut a stacked to create added dimension.

The main circular panel was created by 
stamping flowers and grass (Garden Variety) 
onto a circle of white card stock, then added to a 
Bright Buttercup circle cut with Inverted Scallops die. 
The skunk was die cut, stamped and coloured with 
copic markers before adding it to the front circle. 
The number 4 was die cut and stamped with 
Polka Dot Numbers using Hibiscus Burst ink.

The inside was finished with a flowers, grass 
and a sentiment from Garden Variety.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Garden Variety, Polka Dot Alphabet, 
Happy Hexagons; Lawn Fawn:Stinkin' Cute
Inks - New Leaf, Limeade Ice, 
Bright Buttercup, Summer Sunrise, 
Lovely Lady, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst;  
Memento:Tuxedo Black; Versamark
Paper - Soft Stone, Stamper's Select White, Vellum
Dies - Hexagon Cover Plate, Stitching Lines
Polka Dot Alphabet & Numbers, Tag Sale #5; 
Lawn Fawn:Stinkin' Cute; Nestabilities: Inverted Scallops
Other - Copic markers; Foam tape; embroidery floss; 
Stampin' Up Melon Mumbo Embossing Powder

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Happy Camper Anniversary

My niece and her family love to camp. 
They spend several weeks each summer in their trailer 
at provincial parks - swimming, campfires and s'mores are 
their favourites. I used Petite Places: Happy Camper 
to make an anniversary card for them, 
knowing that it is very close to their hearts!!
I love using a variety of stamps and dies to embellish 
each of the little boxes from the Comic Strip Cover Plate. 
This time, I cut one piece of card stock from Kraft 
to make the outline frame and a second piece 
in order to get the variety of panels.

On the top box, I cut away one of the 
vertical frame lines so that I could have a full width 
for the sentiment (Close To My Heart: Good Times).  
This was stamped with Dark Chocolate ink 
directly onto the Aqua Mist panel. 
I stamped it a second time onto white card stock with 
Pure Poppy ink, and trimmed the small Good Times panel. 
I then glued that onto top of the original stamped line. 
A yellow copic marker was used to fill in the stars.
The central panel was created using:
* a roadway - narrow grey cardstock with white dash lines;
* two die cut trees from Scene It: Mountain View; 
* stamped birds from Ahoy! 
* Fresh Snow ink sponged along the top to make clouds
* Sun - die cut from Harvest Gold card stock with a 
    medallion die (Ad Sense) and stamped with a small sunburst 
    from Monthly Moments: June.  A yellow adhesive dot was 
    added to the center before popping it up with foam dots.
* Trailer, banner and car - Happy Camper stamps and dies.

The bottom right panel uses stamps and dies from 
Petitie Places: Happy Camper and Scene It: Mountain  View.
The bottom left panel uses a Heart-2-Heart #3 die cut, 
sponged with Pure Poppy ink and stamped with a 
sentiment from Clip Tips using Versamark and 
white detail embossing powder.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Petite Places: Happy Camper, Clip Tips, Monthly Moments: June,
Ahoy; Close To My Heart: Good Times
Inks - Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold,
Fresh Snow, CTMH: Grey Wool; Versamark
Paper - Aqua Mist, Kraft, Stampers Select White, New Leaf, Harvest Gold; 
CTMH: Grey Wool
Dies - Petite Places: Happy Camper, Scene It: Mountain View, 
Ad Sense, Heart-2-Heart #3, Comic Strip Cover Plate
Other - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folde; copic markers; foam dots

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

SuperGirl Birthday

Comic Strip Cover Plate is one of my favourite Papertrey Ink dies. 
I've used it for baby cards, and birthday cards for all ages. 
This Supergirl birthday card (for my grandniece who turned 7)
uses stamps and dies from Superhero and Zappy Birthday.   

I started by cutting the cover plate from 
Stamper's Select White card stock and 
then took the rectangular and square boxes 
and tried another water colour technique with 
Blueberry Sky and Spring Rain re-inkers.
 I was attempting to get a splattered look!! 
I used all of the panels for the card, except the top left side.
The picture does not clearly show the outline of the card - 
next time I need to make sure to use a contrasting background 
when photographing a white card!! Hope you can visualize
 that the white frame of the cover plate forms the card front!!  
The top left box was stamped with the dotted image 
from Superhero, before adding the stamped die cut 
and sentiment. (Close To My Heart: Outdoor Denim, Orange inks)
The right box was created by layering several stamped and 
punched circles and then adding a green die cut star. 
I think the favourite part of this card is the mask ...
I used several layers of card stock to make the mask 
very thick and then added a bright green layer 
to give the illusion of cat eyes! 
The mask and Supergirl image were stamped with 
Outdoor Denim Ink; 
the Supergirl sentiment was stamped with Orange ink.

The bottom left box uses only die cuts - 
orange stars from Square Shaker Confetti die 
and Boy Basics: Out of this World. 
The building silhouette was die cut from 
Zappy Birthday Die Collection.
The final box uses the stamps and dies 
(Zappy Birthday) create the raised sentiment panel.
The edges of each box were sponged with Spring Rain ink.

To finish the inside of the card I die cut 
Monthly Moments: Slide Frame and then 
stamped it with polka dots (Building Blocks) 
using New Leaf ink. 
The sentiments (Zappy Birthday) and two scrolled 
lines (To You From Me) complete this panel.
Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Zappy Birthday, Superhero, To You From Me, Building Blocks
Inks - New Leaf, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain; Stampin' Up:Bashful Blue;
Close To My Heart:Orange, Outdoor Denim
Paper - Stamper's Select White; CTMH:Outdoor Denim
Dies - Comic Strip Cover Plate, Zappy Birthday, Superhero; Monthly Moments: Slide Frame
Star Dies from: Square Shaker Confetti Die, Boy Basics: Out of this World 
Other - 7/8" circle punch

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Sarai: Huggabugg Birthday

Here's a sweet yellow and pink card I made for 
my grand niece who recently turned 1. I used 
Stamping Bella's "cuppycake with a Huggabugg on top!"

I've been experimenting with various water colour techniques. 
(with limited success, LOL!!) I started with water coloured paper 
and used Hibiscus Burst and Harvest Gold inks to create a 'smooshed' background panel
I cut an oval from the center of the card front to use 
for the main focal panel. The remainder of the front was 
stamped with Birthday Style confetti using Hibiscus Burst 
and Harvest Gold over the smooshed background.

The oval piece was mounted onto a double mat of 
Harvest Gold and Hibicus Burst. 
Huggabug and cupcake images were stamped, 
coloured with copics and fussy cut so it could be 
attached to the main focal panel.  
The base of the cupcake was paper pierced using 
a striped paper from my scrap bin.
The sentiment (Stylish Sentiments: Birthday)  
was stamped with black ink.

Confetti and Swags:
Birthday Style
Big Birthday Wishes & Polka Dot Alphabet

Supplies (Papertrey Ink, unless noted)
Stamps - Stamping Bella's "cuppycake with a Huggabugg on top!"
Stylish Sentiments: Birthday,  
Birthday Style, Big Birthday Wishes, Polka Dot Alphabet
Inks - Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Spring Rain; Memento Tuxedo Black 
Papers - Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold,
Watercolour paper; striped patterned paper
Dies - Nestabilities:Classic Ovals
Other - S
Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Birthday Celebration for Polly

I'm still loving Scene It: Celebration stamp and die set, 
so decided to use it again for my grandniece's 5th birthday.

Using bright, cheery colours are perfect for a little girl's birthday:
Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Jadeite inks;
balloon strings are stamped with Kraft ink
Harvest Gold cardstock for Stars;
Blueberry Sky caardstock sponged with Fresh Snow ink;
Hibiscus Burst cardstock for scalloped panel. 
Hibiscus Burst, Summer Sunrise, Vintage Jadeite inks; 
Card Front:
Stitching Impression Plate provides texture 

Balloons: Scene It: Birthday
Confetti: Birthday Style
Sentiment: Delightful Dahlias Addition

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps -Scene It Celebration
Inks - Hibiscus Burst, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise,  
Kraft, Vintage Jadeite, Blueberry Sky, Fresh Snow
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Hibiscus Burst,Harvest Gold, Blueberry Sky
Dies - Tinsel & Tags Scallop Backer die, Scene It: Celebration
Other - Stitching Impression Plate

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Bitty Bouquets: Oh Happy Day

I really liked how this Tulip Time bouquet card looked 
in the mason jar, so I decided to make 
another card using Bitty Bouquets.
The background was created using Modern Background Stencil 
and Spring Moss ink. This panel was mounted onto a 
Simply Chartreuse card base. Three images from 
the stamp set were die cut and stamped using 
Harvest Gold, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, 
Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss and Simply Chartreuse inks.

The jar (Friendship Jar) was stamped with Aqua Mist 
and Close to My Heart:Grey Wool inks. 
A Tiny Tag was also stamped with Aqua Mist 
and the sentiment (Mini Blooms) with Hibiscus Burst. 
Scrapper's Floss was tied around the jar and finished with a bow. 
The jar was popped up with foam dots.

Supplies (PTI unless noted)
Stamps - Friendship Jar, Tiny Tags, Bitty Bouquets, Mini Blooms
Inks - Harvest Gold, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Summer Sunrise, 
Soft Stone, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse
Paper - Stamper's Select White, Spring Moss
Dies - Tiny Tags, Bitty Bouquets, Lawn Fawn:Stitched Rectangles
Other - Modern Stencils; Copic Markers; Scrapper's Floss; Foam Tape

Thanks for visiting today.
Karen C.